Pilgrimage takes many forms and variations; it is oriented to a goal at the end of which we anticipate the result of our journey. In the context of the forthcoming Great Jubilee of the Dominican Order, this year is devoted to the topic Lay Dominicans and preaching. And as preaching is associated with pilgrimage, the European Council of Lay Dominican fraternities came up with the idea of the Pilgrim Image of St. Dominic travelling from country to country across Europe.
On the last day of the Assembly the Master of the Order visited the European Assembly.
On the last day of the Assembly Eva Zudorova from the Slovak province held a meditation during the morning prayer.
The 9th Assembly gathered together in Bologna has elected a new council. The members for the next four years are Leny Beemer, Arnaud Kientz, Aksel Misje, Olga Rozhmikova and Eva Zudorova. The master of the Order gave dispensation for a extended period for Klaus Bornewasser as a member of the international council.
On the 24th May the Dominican Order celebrates worldwide the Feast of the Translation, the solemn transfer of the relics of St. Dominic to the tomb in Bologna. This feast brightened the Assembly day.
Every morning the Assembly in Bologna starts with a morning prayer. Pray with us now the new European Council for Lay Dominican Fraternities will be choosen today.
On the first day of the Assembly Leny Beemer from The Netherlands held a meditation during the morning prayer.
The Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities meets at Rome to prepare this assembly. I remember the words, Bruno Cadoré, our Master, said, when he saw the icon of St. Dominic first while we had our meeting: “A colourful picture! It fits not only to Lay Dominicans, it fits the whole of the Order. It expresses our colourful variety.”
On the second day of the Assembly the participants discussed the Youth Movement and the laity as branches of the Order. Guest speakers were José Alberto de Blas, the secretary of the International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM), and Francesco Andriulli, a former member of the Youth Movement and a Lay Dominican.
Yesterday was the first day of the Assembly of the European Lay Dominicans in Bologna. In the plenary room (a Faculty of Theology classroom in the priory) the president of the ECLDF welcomes all the delegates, observers and promoters. Of course the day starts with morning prayer.